music clip of the day


Month: February, 2016

Wednesday, February 17th


Steve Reich (1936-), The Desert Music (1983)
Schönberg Ensemble, Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, BBC Singers, Reinbert de Leeuw (cond.), live, Amsterdam, 1987



random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Tuesday, February 16th


Steve Reich (1936-), Six Marimbas (1986), arranged for gamelan (Iwan Gunawan)



musical thoughts

Music is a means of rapid transportation.

—John Cage (1912-1992)


my back pages

Years ago, at the University of Chicago Law School, I took classes from the late Antonin Scalia. He was one of the first professors I encountered, as I had him for Contracts, a first-year staple. Two-word review: Very funny.

Monday, February 15th

Need a lift?

Steve Reich (1936-), Sextet (1984-85); Third Coast Percussion with pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Gilles Vonsattel, live, Vail, Colo., 2014



random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Sunday, February 14th

two takes

“Homegoing” (AKA “When You Hear of My Home Going”)

Victoria Hawkins, c. 1960


Lucinda Greene, live, Grand Prairie, Tx. (St. John Baptist Church), 2013

Saturday, February 13th

another take

Africa Express, “Terry Riley’s In C Mali,” live, London (Tate Modern), 2014



reading table

I wouldn’t try to capture it
on the page, or in a blog, the inauspicious
leavings of a day. Closer to dream
than the hum of streets, and people
who once walked along them.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “Gravy for the Prisoners,” excerpt (Breezeway, 2015)

Friday, February 12th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Savages, “The Answer,” 2015

Thursday, February 11th


Terry Riley (1935-), In C (1964); Terry Riley & Friends, live, Amsterdam, 2015



random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Wednesday, February 10th

two takes

Ane Brun, “Directions,” 2015


TORN Remix, 2015

Tuesday, February 9th


PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project (album trailer), 2016

Monday, February 8th

what’s new

PJ Harvey, “The Wheel,” 2016

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